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Posted on 14. Feb, 2009 by April.
It’s no secret. Jason and I love going out for different ethnic foods! We also make a lot of stir-frys or other “Asian-influenced” dishes at home. Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai- all delicious, and all opportunities to use our mad chopsticks skills (because eating with chopsticks is just more fun!).
However, it turns out that most Thai food is NOT eaten with chopsticks. Really, it’s only the “Chinese” dishes that are eaten that way (although it sounds like there are plenty of Chinese noodle places to be found). Instead, you use a fork and spoon. All the food is cut into small enough pieces that a knife is unnecessary (like, what you’d associate with stir-fry, or chopstick food). The fork is used to push food onto the spoon, and the spoon carries the food to your mouth. When I was in Indonesia I learned to do it this way as well.
For some reason we just assumed Thai food should be eaten with chopsticks. Maybe because we always ask for chopsticks at the Thai restaurant and they always give them to us. Or maybe we just stereotyped all of Eastern Asia. Or, most likely, it’s because it’s way more fun to use chopsticks!
If you don’t know how to use chopsticks, Chloe would be happy to teach you!